Our Selects program has proved to be one of the most successful avenues for young hockey players to improve their skills, compete at the highest level and further their playing careers while offering world-class experiences to the athletes and their families. Countless Selects alumni have gone on to accomplish great feats both on and off the ice, and with our new Selects Spotlight, we look to promote those players and their success stories.
A three-year veteran with our East Coast Selects team, Kiara Zanon is an exceptional forward from Fairport, New York, continuing her education with our Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney. Having spent multiple spring seasons with ECS, some of Zanon’s fondest memories with the program exceed the confines of an ice rink.
In a trip to Italy, Zanon got the chance to play with a completely unknown group of girls and coaches she’d never had before. She said that helped make her trip to Europe that much more memorable.
“Everyone was coming from a different background in hockey and life in general,” she said. “It was neat to explore Italy for the first time with my new teammates and coaches who I had before not known much about. Playing together in a foreign setting only drew us closer to one another.”
Zanon has spent the past two seasons with the Selects Academy’s U-16 team, making it to the USA Hockey Tier-I National Championship game in 2018, finishing second behind the Chicago Mission. In the tournament, she scored three goals and nine points in six games including an assist on the Selects’ lone goal in the championship game.
Committed to play Division-I college hockey for Penn State University, Zanon said many factors were considered before making a decision on her future.
“I took the whole thing very seriously and I wanted to be one-hundred percent sure in my decision, so I took it slow,” said Zanon. “I ultimately decided on Penn State because I wanted to be apart of the building process and transformation of Penn State women’s hockey. I knew I wanted to go somewhere that would provide me with a wide variety of majors and Penn State blew that piece out of the water. It would provide me with the opportunity to succeed and focus both on academics and hockey which was extremely important.”
Zanon’s young career continues to grow, now setting her sights on USA’s national team. Along with five of her Selects Academy teammates, Zanon was named to U.S. National Team Development Program’s (USNTDP) Top 70 List, where they will compete this summer for a spot on the U-18 national team. Look for her, along with 40 other Selects alums, to lobby for a roster spot on the team to be named in early August.